Dentistry for Pregnant Women
If you are planning a pregnancy.
We strongly advise you to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way your oral health can be assessed for any signs of dental disease. Any periodontal (gum) disease should be treated before conception and we can teach you methods to keep your mouth healthy through every stage of your pregnancy.
Expectant mothers with untreated gum disease have been shown to be SEVEN times more likely to deliver preterm or have a low-birth weight baby. Poor oral health can double the risk of developing pre-eclampsia
Many dental procedures are best avoided during pregnancy particularly in the first and third trimester as they can adversely affect the growth and development of the baby.
Don't skip your dental health check appointment simply because you are pregnant.
Regular exams are very important, because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that could lead to periodontal disease. Report any tenderness, gum bleeding or gum swelling that might occur during your pregnancy. We can help you take special care of your teeth while pregnant to prevent oral health problems.
It has been well documented that gum disease in pregnancy can lead to premature births
and low birth weight. So make sure you maintain immaculate oral hygiene for the health of you and
Don't forget to tell your dentist if you are pregnant. As far as possible avoid elective dental treatments during the first and third trimester as it can be detrimental to the baby's growth and development. Avoid dental X-rays during pregnancy unless absolutely essential, we can advise you on this.
Rinse your mouth out with water or a fluoride mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting. Avoid giving in to sweet cravings to limit the risk of tooth decay.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet as your baby's first teeth begin to develop about three months into pregnancy.
If you had any teeth or gum problems during pregnancy, see your dentist soon after
delivery. Again remember to tell your dentist if you are nursing your baby so that they can be careful while prescribing medication.